Phone: 720-886-5300

16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
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Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS)
in Cherry Creek Schools 2013-14
As a result of funds received from the Emergency Response and Crisis Management (ERCM) grant from the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, all leadership and school safety/crisis teams in the Cherry Creek Schools have been implementing this comprehensive school safety model. We have continued to develop updated and effective emergency response plans and procedures that align with state and federal Homeland Security Emergency Management and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). 
Cherry Creek Schools has established responsive partnerships with our community agencies, trained key staff to provide for the emotional impact of a crisis on students and staff, and developed sustainable training materials and crisis response kits for our school safety teams. In 2011, the ERCM process was renamed Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) to reflect our continuous proactive approach to school safety. We are committed to continuing this thoughtful and integrated effort with REMS training.
We would also like to take this opportunity to inform parents about new changes to the Cherry Creek School District’s website that now give parents needed information about school safety and related issues. The website explains the district’s efforts to provide for both the physical and psychological safety of our children, and gives parents links to excellent online resources. This section of the district website continues to be under construction and materials will be updated as needed.  You can view the information by going to and selecting the Safety & Security Quick Links
Topics and information include:
What to Do in the Event of an Emergency
Information about the CCSD Comprehensive Safe Schools Plan
Raptor Visitor Management program
Care Line Information (Revised 2011)
Other Resources, Links and/or Handouts:
            Crisis Resources
            Internet Safety
            Personal Safety (neighborhood, strangers, etc.)
            Violence Prevention
For more information about your school’s crisis and safety planning, please contact your school’s Principal. For further information about REMS planning in the schools, please contact Randy Councell, Director of Safety and Security, 720-554-4489, or Ronald Lee, Psy.D. Mental Health Director, 720-554-4252, co-chairs of the Safe School Design Team for the school district.
Thank you for your support of the district’s 2012 bond election in helping us provide training for all staff and making our schools safe for every child!




WHERE:  Activities Entrance (use activity doors, south parking lot)
WHEN:    Thursday, October 24, 2013, 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
WHY: An opportunity to personally check on your student's academic progress, meet with Teachers, Counselors, and/or Deans, and strengthen your partnership with Smoky Hill.
HOW: Check PowerSchool prior to conferences in order to be informed of your student's attendance and academic progress. Print the report and use it as a resource to determine which of the teachers you’d like to conference with.



Tuesday, October 1, 2013
9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Eyes Wide Open: A Brave New Look at Bullying
Join PIN for our next presentation on Tuesday, October 1st, to hear Dr. Marla Bonds & Stacey Brandon, MSW, discuss, “Eyes Wide Open: A Brave New Look at Bullying.” 
Dr. Bonds is the co-author of The Bully-Proofing Series, a program aimed at mobilizing the "caring majority"—the 85% of students who are neither bullies nor victims—by developing and reinforcing their strong identities.  Through their actions and influence, these students can dictate the operating environment, giving strength and support to victims and defusing the power of bullies.
Stacey Brandon has taught bullying prevention in CCSD for the past 20 years.  She is a trainer of trainers for the Bully-Proofing Your Schools curriculum.  Mrs. Brandon currently is a Safety and Intervention Coach for elementary schools in CCSD.  She collaborates and works with schools on sustaining safe, positive and inclusive learning environments.
All parents, school administrators and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend PIN’s free presentations.  No need to RSVP—just come! 
Presentations are FREE and are held the first Tuesday of each month
at the Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC):
14188 Briarwood Avenue, Centennial, south of Arapahoe Rd., between Potomac and Jordan Roads

Come at 9:00 a.m. for refreshments and networking
Visit for Podcasts and Meeting Highlights.
November 4th       (evening presentation, time TBA) &
November 5th       Bounce Back Stronger: Resiliency in Action  
December 3rd       What’s Next?  Creating your Best 2nd Half of Life
January 7th Lives Changed: Volunteerism


Please note time change.
Friday, May 23 at 4:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Center.

Faust to Be Honored

By National Journalism Organization

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Smoky Hill’s publications adviser Carrie Faust will be honored by the national Journalism Education Association (JEA) at their annual November convention in Boston. She is one of four Medal of Merit recipients for 2013.
According to Eaglecrest High School publications adviser and past president of the Colorado High School Press Association (CHSPA), Karen Wagner, “This award identifies journalism teachers and advisers who not only run successful programs at their schools, but also show a commitment to excellence throughout the state and nation. Carrie's contributions are far reaching as she teaches workshops across the country, continually offers advice on the JEA to new or struggling advisers, and serves on both the state and national scholastic journalism boards.”
Ms. Faust’s publications win awards for excellence regularly, but this marks special recognition for her contributions as a teacher and a leader.  She is a past president of CHSPA and was honored in 2009 by both the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), for her efforts on behalf of freedom of press for high school newspapers, and the JEA as a distinguished yearbook adviser.
Bert Borgmann, assistant Commissioner of the Colorado High School Athletics and Activities Association (CHSAA) recently recalled that his own daughter’s growth while she took part in Smoky Hill’s publications classes.
We share in congratulating Carrie Faust on this well-deserved honor.


District Vision and Hearing Screenings


Vision and hearing screening is conducted for students in their schools according to the Colorado Department of Education guidelines. These guidelines indicate that all students in Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first, second, third, fifth, seventh and ninth grades receive vision and hearing screening. Because of the important connection between a student’s academic achievement and his/her vision and hearing, parents are encouraged to allow their student to participate in this screening.

Vision: The screening is done by the school nurse and trained volunteers at no charge to the parent. First-graders will receive a comprehensive vision screening for color-blindness, near and distance vision, depth perception, convergence, and eye alignment. All others will receive distance screening. Remember, the vision screening is just a screening, not the complete ophthalmologic exam that is provided by a doctor.  

Hearing: The screening is done by district licensed audiologists at no charge to the parent.  

Additional diagnostic audiological evaluations are available free of charge at the district's Audiology Department for:

  • Students whose hearing results indicate a potential problem

  • Annual follow-up for students who have a history of hearing problems

You will be notified only if your student does not pass one or more of the screenings.

If you do not wish your child to be screened this year, please contact your School Nurse.


Please open the following document about the required vaccines for school attendance and the recommended vaccines for best protection against vaccine preventable diseases.

CDPHE immunization letter 8-2013.pdfCDPHE immunization letter 8-2013.pdf 

Long Range Facility Planning Committee Volunteer Opportunities  
Attached is information about volunteer opportunities on the district’s Long Range Facility Planning Committee.  There is a deadline of Sept. 3rd.

School Meal Prices 2013-2014


Please open the flyer regarding meal prices for the 2013-14 school year.
School Meal Prices 2013-14.pdfSchool Meal Prices 2013-14.pdf 

  2013 Cherry Creek School District
Community Night with the Colorado Rapids
Saturday, October 19th, at 4:00 p.m.
at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

 Please open the following PDF for more information.

 Colorado Rapids Community Night Oct. 2013 Flyer-Final.pdfColorado Rapids Community Night Oct. 2013 Flyer-Final.pdf




Cherry Creek School District will offer drivers’ education classes during the school year.  Please go to the following website for information:



 SHHS Thanksgiving Meal Project


Help Fill Someone’s Bucket Today!


 Dear Smoky Hill Family:


As autumn approaches SHHS staff and students will be collecting food for the Second Annual SHHS Thanksgiving Meal Project.  We are happy to announce that all food collected will go directly to members of the Smoky Hill community. This year’s goal is to fill the Buckets of all SHHS and feeder school families from whom we receive an on-time application. Recipients will be provided everything needed for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.

The SHHS Thanksgiving Meal Project is made possible with support from faculty, staff, students, parents and the business community. In early October, we will put Buckets and food lists in many classrooms and offices at SHHS. Please encourage your children to participate in this charitable experience by donating some of the following items.
The Bucket List:
Chocolate Chips French Fried Onion Rings
Canned Fruit Mushroom Soup
Boxes of Jell-O Gravy
Canned Yams Canned Tuna
Marshmallows Oatmeal
Stuffing Canned Pumpkin
Cranberry Relish Boxes of Pudding
Canned Green Beans Peanut Butter
If you would like to make a monetary donation, you may write a tax-deductible check, payable to Smoky Hill High School and deliver it—in a sealed envelope to the secretary in the SHHS Counseling Office.
Thanksgiving Meal Application

If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, please open and complete the following form.

2013 Thanksgiving Basket Application.pdf2013 Thanksgiving Basket Application.pdf 




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New! Students will soon have access to EBooks and Audiobooks—just download to your phone, Kindle, Nook, iPad, or computer. Stop by and see the librarians during
Parent Teacher Conferences or call the librarians, Kyle Harmon & Linda Wiggs, 720-886-5591 for more information.

  1. Don't assume anything you send or post is going to remain private.
  2. There is no changing your mind in cyberspace - anything you send or post will never truly go away.
  3. Don't give in to the pressure to do something that makes you uncomfortable, even in cyber space.
  4. Consider the recipient's reaction.
  5. Nothing is truly anonymous.

To read the complete article, please download the following PDF.



Parents Need to Know

As a parentit is illegal to give alcohol to your child's friends under the age of 21, whether it's in your own home or wtih their parent's permission. You may not sell, serve, give away, dispose of, exchange, deliver, permit the sale, serve, give, or procure alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.



If you break the law:

Under the Class 2, Misdemeanor rules, you can face jail time of up to 1 year, probation, and a fine. Under the Civil Liability rules, you can be liable for a teen who is caught after leaving your home where alcohol was served.

What you can do as a Parent-

  • Refuse to supply alcohol and other drugs to teens.
  • Be at home and involved when your teen has a party.
  • If your teenager is attending a party, know where he/she will be and for how long.
  • Remember, for adolescents, there is no such thing as "responsible use" of an illegal substance.


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Cherry Creek School District No. 5 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in admission to its programs, services or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs. The Cherry Creek School District No. 5 also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance officer: District Compliance Officer or directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region VIII, Federal Office Building 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite #310, Denver, CO 80204.

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